Banff Tours
Lake Minnewanka Cruise
4.5
About
Soak up the majestic views of the Canadian Rockies through panoramic windows during this interpretive cruise. This boat tour of Lake Minnewanka includes Devil’s Gap, nestled in Banff National Park. Nature lovers will enjoy scanning the lakeshore for wildlife while the captain narrates. Hourly departures from Banff suit any sightseeing schedule.
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Ages 0-99, max of 40 per group
Duration: 1h
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Lake Minnewanka cruise offers majestic views from every angle
  • Panoramic tour includes folklore and other narration
  • Guide points out deer, bald eagles, big-horned sheep, and occasional bears
  • Boat dock is just a short drive from the town of Banff

  • Boat tour of Lake Minnewanka
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Minnewanka
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Infant Tickets are free but are required for Attraction
  • Complimentary Roam Transit is available from downtown Banff to the meeting point


Start:
  • Lake Minnewanka, Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
    Please arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to tour time as parking is limited. Complimentary Roam Transiet buses are also available from Banff which will avoid parking issues at the Lake
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3026P47

    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Opening/closing dates are weather dependent
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Infant tickets are free and are required for the attraction
    • Limited parking is available at the lake - please plan on 1 hour early to guarantee parking
    • Complimentary Roam Transit is available to Lake Minnewanka to avoid potential issues with parking
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3026P47

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    • Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
      Please arrive 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to tour time as parking is limited. Complimentary Roam Transiet buses are also available from Banff which will avoid parking issues at the Lake
    • 1
      Our most popular cruise on the lake invites you to discover the story of Minnewanka Landing as you tour the beautiful valley landscape of Canada’s oldest National Park.
    About the operator
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    • Brewster Sightseeing
      2,526
      Canada
      Joined in March 2020
    • Tour595931
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Cruise
      It was a great cruise and very beautiful. Becca and Nat were a great crew and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend doing this cruise.
      Written July 20, 2024
    • Fearless537547
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      One fun day!
      Wonderful driver with great sense of humour. Never a dull moment. Bus is clean. I just hope next time, the wheelchair lift will work perfectly.
      Written July 19, 2024
    • erbr63
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A fabulous boat ride
      Even better than all the pictures is being here - simply stunning scenery during the approx, 1.5 hr trip on the lake. Much appreciated all the stories and insights provided by the host to this stunning area of the park.
      Written July 19, 2024
    • erbr63
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A perfect day in a great part of the stunning park
      A fabulous day in this very nice part of the park. Great tour guides by Brewster, providing good insights to scenery, history and fun stories. A perfect day.
      Written July 19, 2024
    • mcmilgd
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Banff "Lakes and Waterfalls"
      This day excursion was excellent. Took us to many sights that would have been hard to get to with our limited time with Rocky Mountaineer in Banff. The guide and assistant were very knowledgeable and courteous. It was very safe and doable for the elderly even with some mobility issues. Brewster seems to have priority to parking and access to these attractions even though we were there at peak time.
      Written July 19, 2024
    • SueMe1962
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Four Different Tours During Our Vacation
      Doesn't matter which tour you book, they are all amazing. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable and the hosts fantastic. Roland and Nate are top notch guides and Gabe and Sophie were amazing hosts. They made incredible use of our time and I can not imagine seeing more sites with any other tour operator.
      Written July 19, 2024
    • diamonddca
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      The hostess geo was great, the bus driver frank was awesome had to get a picture with him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’!
      Besides the accident on the high which stopped us from going to our destination, you guy did you best to make it an awsome experience and you both did. I will definitely come back and bring our kids
      Written July 19, 2024
    • lornag18
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant tour of lakes and mountains in Banff
      Great tour with an amazing driver/host called Colin. His insights into the local area were fab. Views were amazing. Jaw dropping scenery.
      Written July 18, 2024
    • Vicky F
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Knowledgeable guides
      Beautiful scenery, easy access to attractions, good timing between stops, excellent commentary on history & culture of the area.
      Written July 18, 2024
    • LittleSquid
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Loved it. Took lots of great photos.
      Spirit Island has a spectacular view. It was worth it to see it in person. The boat cruise was fun. Our captain Alexis and Tour Guide Delilah was a great pair. They were very attentive and ensured everyone was having a good time. A short hike after visiting the shore of Spirit Island but could take an album of photos. Definitely worth a visit while in Jasper.
      Written July 17, 2024
    • lornag18
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant sightseeing tour of icefield parkway, lakes and mountains.
      Great trip. Amazing scenery. Driver, Colin and guide, ciaran made the day even more special. Great knowledge of the areas we visited.
      Written July 16, 2024
    • Journey18944689014
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing excursion!
      We had an incredible day! Brewster travel picked us up and returned us to the Fairmont! Our guide, Molly and our driver were fantastic! It was an 11 hr round trip and worth every minute! The scenery was beautiful, we had lunch overlooking the glacier and then walked the glacier! There were many beautiful stops along the way! Well worth the price and time! My only suggestion would be to pack a few snacks and drinks for the trip (The only food stop is lunch) and then sit back, relax and enjoy some amazing views of the mountains and lakes in the Canadian Rockies!
      Written July 16, 2024
    • efv1957
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fabulous day
      Fabulous tour - fabulous day. Rigdon and Andy were so professional, kind, knowledgeable, accommodating. Wonderful, effortless way to see the Mountain Lakes and Waterfall which were stunning.
      Written July 16, 2024
    • jpetercummins
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Canadien Rockies
      Rocky Mountaineer tour package of Canadien Rockies including Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff, and Calgary. Knowledgeable tour guides, pleasant buses, great tour of incredible country. Top notch total experience! Recommended without hesitation!
      Written July 15, 2024
    • homarehman
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent experience
      Well managed the only thing is food for the lunch was not good. Overall the bus driver and the assistant was very professional and respectful. all the time they were available for any audience. they were very experienced and their calculation of each site was amazing:)
      Written July 15, 2024
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    Matt w
    Pensacola Beach, FL34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lake minnewanka itself is worth the drive because the surrounding mountains are stunning; it’s free to park and easy to hike the area. But I am here to review captain Sean and tour guide Melissa: they rock!!

    My wife and I bought the cruise with a package, but I’m glad this was a part of it. Melissa and Sean were so friendly, informative, and engaging. The tour lasts an hour, and I particularly love that once we arrived to the point where we would turn around, they let the boat idle for a few minutes to let everyone soak in the sights and peace.

    My wife wholeheartedly agrees that this cruise is worth it for the sights alone, but Melissa and Sean were a wonderful surprise for our experience. They talked of the lake’s history, name, lore, and more. I won’t spoil it, do yourself a favor and take the boat ride tour to see sights you would not otherwise see hiking the shore.
    Written February 24, 2020
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    Ozy55
    Edmonton, Canada5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020
    The boat cruise experience became even more fun with Makenzie's storytelling about Lake Minnewanka, the mountains and bear 122 (The Boss). Melissa (the captain) was cheerful and friendly. My kids had a good time talking to both of them. Wonderful experience.
    Written August 7, 2020
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    Awesome! Thank you Ozy55 for this wonderful review of our cruise and for calling our Captain's Mackenzie and Melissa. You were lucky to cruise with couple of our finest! I'd say more about how wonderful they both are, but I don't want it to go to their heads ;) Thanks for sharing. Regards, Travis Mann GM, Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written August 8, 2020
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    brbgrg
    Edmonton, Canada29 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is my second time on this cruise, my first experience was definitely excellent but today - July 20 10am it was stressful. Due to covid there are protocols each person must follow like staying in your designated seat yet a woman and her kid moved into the seat behind us. The kid was crawling on the bar on our seat and the mom took off her mask to eat on the boat. That leads me to mandatory masks on the boat whether it be inside or out. My husband and I went outside because the captain - Mackenzie-was not saying anything to the ppl not social distancing. When we went out side others followed and took there masks off outside. It’s not my job to enforce rules. My husband didn’t get to hear the guide because we weren’t willing to compromise our well being. Couldn’t get off that boat fast enough.
    Written July 20, 2020
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    Hello brbgrg, sorry to hear your experience with us wasn't up to expectation. We have many new protocols in place to ensure the safety of our guests and our team members. As you would have noticed, all guests are screened for symptoms prior to boarding, contact info is gathered for each group in the event Alberta Health Services should need to trace contacts, guests are assigned seats to ensure an empty row of seating between all different groups of people, boats are sanitized pre/post every departure with a fogging machine and lastly guests are required to wear masks. We're continually working with the team members on how to enforce all these new guidelines and I couldn't be more proud of our teams efforts and our guest feedback to date supports that effort. Clearly we haven't been perfect and we're constantly adjusting our processes to improve. Thank you for your feedback, we'll review this with all our team members today and make changes to our systems. Regards, Travis Mann General Manger Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written July 22, 2020
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    francoisr198
    Airdrie9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    Lake Minnewanka is definitely stunning with its turquoise waters surrounded by the spectacular Canadian Rockies. We were two families of four doing the one hour cruise on June 29th. The staff (Daniel and Kanji) we very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. We could feel their passion for their jobs. Daniel definitely went above and beyond. As soon as we boarded the ship, we could tell that he had a very dynamic personality and we soon discovered that he was a very well rounded individual. He made this fantastic experience memorable for all of us!!
    Written July 1, 2020
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    Awesome! Thank you so much for this review francoisr198. I've had the pleasure of working with Dan and Kenji for the past 8 seasons. Two amazing people. Personable, professional and incredibly passionate about our guests. Thrilled that you had a chance to cruise with them. Thank you again for the feedback, I hope you can join us again at some point in the future. Regards, Travis Mann Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written July 8, 2020
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    julie b
    Harrogate, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Couples
    Our guide Gina and Haden at the helm were excellent. Gina is a great communicator, very knowledgeable, informative and entertaining. She gave us an insight into the history of Lake Mimnewanke and she brought it to life. We enjoyed stunning views and experienced some lovely quiet time in the middle of the Lake. I would thoroughly recommend this trip.
    Written August 28, 2022
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    NinjaZhu
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020 • Friends
    I went on this cruise multiple times in the past 10 years but my recent visit has been my favourite so far! Melissa and Mackenzie were beyond AMAZING. They were super super fun and knowledgeable and the tour was very informative and interactive. Hope to bring my family there next year and go on their tour! They did their best to enforce the rules and crowd control so it felt very safe especially during this time!
    Written September 29, 2020
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    Hi NinjaZhu, thank you for this wonderful review. I really appreciate you coming back and cruising with us a few times over the years and I'm thrilled to read you think we're improving. The interpretive team, (lead by Captain Melissa) have been working hard this season to enhance what we offer on the water - and based on all our guest feedback YTD - it's working! It's also great to read you felt safe with us during these crazy times. Thank you again for this wonderful review. Travis Mann General Manager, Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written October 2, 2020
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    Tessamel
    Surrey, Canada216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020 • Couples
    We went on the cruise today and had a great time. Despite the smoke from forest fires obstructing some of the view in Banff today it was still beautiful. Melissa and Kenji were great guides and very funny. We learned a lot about the history of the lake and took many beautiful pics. I would recommend this to anyone looking for something different to do
    Written September 15, 2020
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    Hi Tessamel, thanks for this great review and thank you for taking our cruise. Great to read that you had a great time despite the smoke in the area. Thank you as well for calling out Captain's Melissa and Kenji. I'll skip past your comment about them being funny or it will go right to their heads! We're thrilled you came to visit and that you learned a few things and enjoyed yourselves along the way. Hope to see you again in the future. Travis Mann GM - Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written September 15, 2020
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    ACharles70
    San Jose, CA57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed this 60 min cruise of the lake. Lake Minnewanka is only a 10 min drive from Banff and is also accessible via the ROAM bus. We planned a picnic to have at the lake and there is a nice day use area a little past the dock if you keep walking in the direction of the canyon bridge. If you plan accordingly you can easily hike to the canyon bridge and back, picnic and then go on the cruise. The only public bathrooms are located by the parking lot, so be sure to go before heading down the dock to the boat, otherwise you will have a bit of a trek back to use the facilities. We did not book the cruise until 2 days ahead and there are likely same day cruises available if you don’t have a big party. I believe each boat takes about 50 passengers. There is a nice little shop on the dock if you want to buy Lake Minnewanka shirts, sweatshirts or other souvenirs.
    Written June 30, 2024
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    Ros J
    Ilkley, UK2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Family
    Leon, the tour guide, was really engaging and informative - it was so easy to absorb the information put across, from start to finish - and the trip exceeded our expectations. Delaney was very proficient in handling the boat. All in all, we'd definitely recommend!
    Written June 25, 2023
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    Dianne S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2020
    We took the cruise on .august 5, a beautiful sunny warm day. Being on the lame was so calming and serene. The guide imparted so much interesting information regarding the history of the lake....e wish the cruise was longer!
    Written August 9, 2020
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    What a great review! Thank you for sharing and for taking our cruise. So great reading you enjoyed yourselves and wished the cruise was longer! All the best, Travis Mann GM, Lake Minnewanka Cruise
    Written August 10, 2020
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